For the past thirty-eight years, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA) has been proudly representing the interests of the heavy construction industry in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Working with the road building, aggregate, sewer and watermain construction industries, as well as supporting businesses, we have grown our association to almost 250 members, employing over 10,000 workers.
The primary focus of our efforts over the past few years has been on promoting infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and sewer and watermain systems to municipal, provincial and federal governments. But we do much more than that, such as the new Health and Safety Committee that brings the industry new developments in these sectors. We work to ensure that there will be an adequate number of motivated and qualified workers for our industry in years to come. We advocate for good policies, procedures, processes and specifications. We deliver, in cooperation with our partners, education events to raise awareness and understanding of new and changing regulations, best practices and emerging processes and procedures. We provide opportunities for members to socialize and network amongst themselves, as well as with our partners.
It is our belief, that all of this work and effort has contributed to a stronger, safer, more productive and effective industry. It has also resulted in improved heavy infrastructure in our region that positively impacts our own lives daily.
The National Capital Heavy Construction Association has a reputation within Provincial and other Municipal Heavy Construction Associations as being proactive, innovative and effective at building relationships with its stakeholders. We intend to continue to build and strengthen our efforts. For this upcoming year, your board of directors will continue on a steady course with emphasis on these two key priorities.
The first of these priorities is to work at ensuring that the City of Ottawa receives its fair share of federal and provincial infrastructure stimulus funding, particularly for renewal projects. We have already launched our lobbying efforts with provincial and federal members of parliament. We stand ready to work cooperatively with the City to ensure that there are competitive tenders on shovel ready capital projects related to roads, bridges, water and sewer projects, and that these projects are completed on time and within budget. We have started to educate these infrastructure partners that renewal investments should be continuous and not cyclic in nature like larger scope new projects to keep our local industry vibrant.
The second priority is to ensure that the Vendor Performance Management (VPM) system is fairly and effectively designed and implemented. We have worked closely with the City to provide our input into the initial design of VPM and will continue to provide insight into the design and implementation of the scoring system. To that end, we have established a committee to coordinate the NCHCA position and feedback.
Your 2016 Board of Directors strongly believes that this year will be an opportunity to further strengthen our association and we look forward to your continued support.
AGM 2016 SPONSORS
NCHCA WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS
PLATINUM Cruickshank Clean Water Works Toromont Cat
GOLD M-Con Products Inc
SILVER Wajax Equipment Nortrax Canada Inc
The first annual NCHCA safety award was presented at the Annual General Meeting by the chair of the safety committee Mr. Wade Clouthier. The winning organization was selected by the safety committee based on the monthly submissions provided by the members. This year’s winning organization is KARSON. Congratulations to Karson and please don’t forget to submit your monthly submissions to the NCHCA safety committee members.
New Permit to Take Water Regulations Now in Place
On March 29, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) officially put into place its regulatory changes reforming the permit to take water (PTTW) process in the province. To help promote an understanding of these new regulations, the MOECC is developing guidance documents that will outline the regulatory requirements. Information on the new regulations, and links to the regulations themselves, can be found below at the following link: https://goo.gl/Bn2oAY
Water Taking Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)
The new regulations for certain water taking activities include moving two construction related activities to EASR – surface water takings for specific road construction purposes (e.g. compaction, dust suppression) and ground/storm water takings for construction dewatering if less than 400,000 L per day.
Water taking for road construction EASR contains limits on what the water may be used for, on where you can take water from (e.g. lake 10 hectares or larger), and water taking rate if the taking is from a stream. The requirements include a water taking report developed by a qualified person (QP), and record keeping and reporting requirements.
Water taking for construction dewatering limits the amount that can be taken (400,000 L/day) and is a total of ground water and storm water. The EASR also has requirements that a QP develop a water taking plan that analyses potential impacts of the taking, discharge plan, and limits where the water can be discharged (e.g. cannot be directly to a water body). The EASR also contains monitoring and reporting requirements. Both water taking EASRs require annual reporting of their takings to the ministry.
Also approved are amendments to Ontario’s Water Taking and Transfer Regulation which will clarify that passive, in-stream diversion is not a water taking, and also exempt some takings relating to active in-stream construction by-passes, wetlands restoration and construction, and weirs.
If you have any questions about this new PTTW regulation and its requirements, please contact Patrick McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-629-7766 ext. 222).
As we approach another busy season, thieves will be looking for vulnerable construction crews who leave equipment, saws, levels etc in their trucks . Please remember to keep your vehicles close at hand. If you see anything suspicious, take a photo of the vehicle and licence plate and forward them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Remember theft will happen when you least expect it!
WSIB Day of Mourning, April 28th
April 28th is the National Day of Mourning. A day to remember and honour those workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. It is also a day we renew our commitment to the promotion of healthy and safe workplaces and the prevention of future fatalities. As a visible tribute to the day, the CN Tower will be lit in yellow – a colour symbolic of hope – at sunset on April 28th.